Thursday, May 23, 2024

Taupō motorsport takes pole position

The Government has pledged its support for the first ever Repco Supercars Championship event in Taupō, as up to 70,000 motorsport fans gear up to attend the Taupō International Motorsport Park this weekend.

Economic Development Minister, Melissa Lee said anticipation for the ITM Taupō Super400 was huge, with tickets and accommodation selling out weeks in advance.

“Taupō and the surrounding regions are set to benefit from increased international visitor nights and hospitality spend, generating millions of dollars in revenue,” said Minister Lee.

“This Government is focused on rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, and one of the ways we do that is by attracting major events that increase tourism, boost economic growth, and bring significant benefits to communities.

“In addition to the supercars championship, visitors can witness the first ever full-field track to town journey, where a parade of supercars will drive into town on the eve of the event.”

Economic Development Minister, Melissa Lee.

The weekend will also see the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, NZ Central Muscle Cars, Toyota GAZOO Racing 86 Series NZ, and Formula Ford events take place, while the Royal New Zealand Air Force takes to the skies above the circuit.

“There will also be night-time entertainment courtesy of Kiwi musicians Six60 and Kaylee Bell at the Great Lake Centre on Friday and Saturday Nights,” the Minister said.

“With thousands of international visitors in attendance and millions of people tuning in, this event will provide invaluable exposure to the key Australian market and cement Taupō as the new home of supercar racing in New Zealand.

“I look forward to attending the supercars this weekend and witnessing the on-track action,” she said.

The Government has supported ITM Taupō SuperSprint through its Major Events Fund with $5 million over three years (2024 – 2026).

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